Estimates at a glance: 26 May-5 June 2008

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2008-09 Budget estimates

Senate committees will meet this fortnight to consider the 2008-09 budget estimates

This week (26 to 29 May) the following committees will consider these portfolios:

  • Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee (program)
    • Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy
    • Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
  • Finance and Public Administration Committee (program)
    • Parliament
    • Prime Minister and Cabinet
    • Climate Change
    • Finance and Deregulation
    • Human Services
  • Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee (program)
    • Attorney-General
    • Immigration and Citizenship
  • Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee (program)
    • Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
    • Infrastructure, Transport Regional Development and Local Government

Next week (2 to 5 June) the following committees will consider these portfolios:

  • Community Affairs Committee
    • Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs
    • Health and Ageing
    • Sport
  • Economics Committee
    • Innovation, Industry, Science and Research
    • Resources and Energy
    • Tourism
    • Treasury
  • Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (program)
    • Employment and Workplace Relations
    • Education
  • Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee
    • Foreign Affairs and Trade
    • Defence
    • Veterans' Affairs

Related links

Portfolio budget statements and related papers can be obtained from the Senate Table Office (phone 6277 3010) and on the Internet.

General information about the consideration of the 2008-09 budget estimates (membership of committees, portfolio allocation, terms of reference etc.) is available on the Senate web page.

A program for each of the committees is available on the Senate webpage and will be updated as necessary.

Committee proceedingscan be viewed on the Internet

Committee Hansardscan be obtained from the Senate Table Office (phone 6277 3010) and on the Internet (when available)

The Senate Daily Summary will be published each day after the committees meet. The Summary will give a brief overview on the progress made by each committee and the business each committee expects to consider the next day.


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The Senate Daily Summary is available on the Internet at

It is issued this week by the Senate Table Office as a convenient summary of each day's consideration of estimates by Senate committees. On sitting days it provides a summary of each day's proceedings in the Senate.

Further information

Senate Briefs, prepared by the Senate Procedure Office, provide general information about the estimates process:
No. 4: Senate Committees
No. 5: Consideration of Estimates by the Senate Committees
No. 13: Rights and Responsibilities of Witnesses before Senate Committees

Contact details

Inquiries, comments and suggestions:
phone 6277 3021